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VP Pandemic Planning & Chief MHO Joint Update: October 14, 2020

SENT TO ALL STAFF, MEDICAL STAFF, STUDENTS AND VOLUNTEERS ON BEHALF OF VICTORIA SCHMID, VP PANDEMIC PLANNING, AND DR. RICHARD STANWICK, VP POPULATION HEALTH & CHIEF MEDICAL HEALTH OFFICER 


This week we are moving to updates three times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Monday was a stat holiday, which means today is our first report out in six days. There were 14 individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 since last Thursday, and one hospital admission – our first COVID-19 admission since waving goodbye to our last patient on June 4th, as they returned home. Our thanks to the care team who is providing excellent service to this new individual and for taking all of the necessary steps to ensure protocols are followed and everyone stays safe.

Yesterday, our public health teams at COVID-19 collection sites across Island Health battled up to 100 km/h winds, driving rain and power outages to ensure symptomatic individuals with test appointments were swabbed (or gargled) and sent home safely. Some modifications needed to be made at certain sites, but not one person needed to reschedule their test. That is excellent work and we thank all collection site staff for their dedication and willingness to persevere, even through terrible weather.

STAFF AND MEDICAL STAFF FLU SHOTS

This year, getting a flu shot is more important than ever, not only for influenza prevention, but also to stay healthy while COVID-19 circulates in our communities. The flu shot is safe and effective and it offers the best protection against influenza – the complications of which can be harmful and even deadly for patients, clients, colleagues and loved ones. Flu shots will be available between October 19 and November 13 and we strongly encourage you to get one so that we can take influenza out of the mix. Get more details and find out what is new for this year’s campaign.

Don’t forget to report your immunization online. Staff can report here, and medical staff can report here

QUESTION OF THE DAY: (FAQs from the October 6th Town Hall are available online)

Why are you reporting 14 “new” Island Health cases, but there are only 12 “active” cases. Can you explain?

The number of new cases outlined below reflects the combined number from Friday morning to today (from our last end of day COVID update to this one). Island Health reports out on new cases on weekdays, with a summary total of weekend cases reported out on Monday mornings.

Active cases reflect the number of confirmed cases still in their 14-day self-isolation period following symptom onset. Some of the cases reported below may have been confirmed at the end-stage of their illness/isolation and therefore they are no longer considered active.

PROVINCIAL UPDATE

Provincial Update (new numbers today):

  • 158 people have newly-confirmed COVID-19 for a total of 10,892 people
  • 0 new deaths – 250 COVID-19 related deaths in B.C.
  • 1,496 people with active COVID-19 in B.C. – 84 in hospital – 24 in critical care/ICU

Island Health Update (Friday, Oct 9 – Wednesday, Oct 14):

  • 14 people have newly-confirmed COVID-19 for a total of 237 people
  • 0 deaths – 6 COVID-19 related deaths in Island Health
  • 12 people with active COVID-19 in Island Health – 1 in hospital – 0 in critical care/ICU
  • See breakdown by region (South/Central/North) – updated on Monday or as cases are reported

Read updates from Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer:

COVID-19 INTRANET PAGE UPDATES

Since our last update, the following resources have been added or updated on the COVID-19 Intranet page.

New

Clinical Care

Existing Resources Recently Added to the COVID-19 Page:

Clinical Care

Visitors to Island Health Facilities

Changes

Clinical Care

Patient Placement and Transport

PPE-Selection

PPE Guidelines – Previously titled PPE During COVID-19 Pandemic; title updated to align with the wording that is used in the VPP-CMHO Updates. Also added as a direct link on the COVID-19: PPE page under Questions #1 and #3.

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